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West Lafayette, OH - The Coshocton County Sheriff's Office received a call on January 18th at approximately 9:15 P.M., stating that there was heavy smoke coming from the Old Thyme Country Market. Upon arrival, FD units found the structure producing heavy smoke and fire in the kitchen area. - See full story on page 8

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Many of us do not think about what it is like to be anxious, but others can be frozen by anxiety. Some people cannot look at paper from a particular person because it makes them anxious, or cannot go through a certain intersection or part of town. There are some people who cannot bare to throw certain things out because of the anxiety and emotional attachment that they have assigned to an inanimate object. We may think of people who look like hoarders and we want to tell them to just throw it out. What we need to do is to come alongside them and see what the anxiety may be attached to and why. Many times we can work on small steps and keep the person's anxiety in check. The truth is that many people may face anxiety in their own way. I have seen others, that when they are anxious, are basically frozen. They cannot move forward, they are just there. I have seen this with people who may be afraid of heights, or some people that may be afraid of fire or blood. Some people may want to just say "suck it up, buttercup", but that is not the right solution. How would the people saying it feel, if it was they who became frozen? Many times, if we take the time to talk with the people, we can help them through their block. True, that some people may need longer time to overcome their anxiety and they may need some professional assistance. Did you ever get anxious about a test? Interview? Freeze on a high

dive? What is it that may make you anxious? How about the holidays or birthdays, when you have to see those relatives? You may try backing out of it by saying that you have other plans, just to get out of it. The Bible says to be anxious for nothing and in Matthew chapter 6, it states 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. These are definitely wise words and directions but it is our humanity that once it gets into the mix, that we do worry or become anxious. Please have time and understanding for the person that you may work with in a disaster, whatever the person identifies as a disaster. Some people are accustomed to working with disasters all the time, but once it is effecting them personally that they truly understand and may become more compassionate to the client. We can learn so much just by listening to the people that we meet. As a good friend of mine said, "God gave us two ears and one mouth. Maybe we need to listen twice the amount of time that we speak, after all, I think He knows what He is doing." Stay safe and listen to people. It will surprise you once you listen to other people's stories. Didymus McHugh didymus-mchugh.com

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Working Fire Damages Taco Bell Restaurant in Columbus Columbus, OH - Early Sunday morning, January 17th, the Columbus Division of Fire alarm office took calls reporting a fire in the 3800 block of Morse Road. Upon arrival crews had smoke showing from a Taco Bell restaurant. Crews worked on ventilation and gaining access to the fire from inside the building, before going into defensive mode. Several aerial master streams were used, along with multiple handlines. Clinton Township, Mifflin Township, and Box 15 rehab were on scene. Extra companies were also dispatched to the fire.

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In memory of those who gave all 1st Responder Newspaper honors and remembers emergency responders lost in the line of duty Georgia: Keith Obrian Williams, 54 Rank: Captain Incident Date: October 17, 2020 Death Date: October 17, 2020 Fire Department: Camilla Fire Department Initial Summary: While on duty, Captain Keith Williams was found unresponsive by fellow firefighters at the Camilla Fire Department early on October 17, 2020. Life-saving efforts began immediately but were not successful. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined. Texas: Lemuel Bruce, 44 Rank: Arson Investigator Incident Date: October 16, 2020 Death Date: October 16, 2020 Fire Department: Houston Fire Department Initial Summary: During the early morning hours of Friday, October 16, 2020, Arson Investigator Lemuel Bruce and other members of the Arson Division, Houston Fire Department, tracked down a possible lead to arsons being set in the Houston area. When they arrived at the Timbergrove neighborhood, a suspect fatally shot Arson Investigator Bruce. The suspect was discovered deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Georgia: Harold Boone, 49 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: September 17, 2020 Death Date: November 2, 2020 Fire Department: Monroe County Emergency Services Initial Summary: Firefighter Harold Boone, while onduty at the fire station, contracted COVID-19 from fellow firefighters who had subsequently tested positive for the virus. He passed away from the disease on November 2, 2020. Kansas: Johnny Ivison, Jr., 23 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: November 8, 2020 Death Date: November 8, 2020 Fire Department: Easton Township Fire Department Initial Summary: On Sunday, November 8, 2020,

Firefighter Johnny Ivison, Jr., was responding to a call of a residential fire in Easton, Kansas, in his privately owned vehicle, a Chevrolet Silverado Truck, when the vehicle went off the road. Firefighter Ivison attempted to correct his path, but overcorrected causing the truck to roll over numerous times, ejecting him from the vehicle. He died from the injuries sustained in the crash. Indiana: Matthew D. Bennett, 49 Rank: Engineer Incident Date: November 13, 2020 Death Date: November 14, 2020 Fire Department: Indianapolis Fire Department Initial Summary: Engineer Matthew Bennett drove Engine 1 to a possible structural collapse after a car drove into a home. Upon his arrival and as crews began to work, Bennett complained to the EMS Duty Officer on scene that he was experiencing chest pains. The EMS Duty Officer escorted Bennett to an ambulance to be evaluated. Bennett was then transported to a hospital and immediately taken into surgery. Despite all efforts, however, Bennett passed away the following afternoon. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined. California: Sean D. Laffan, 42 Rank: Interim Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: November 16, 2020 Death Date: November 16, 2020 Fire Department: Oakland Fire Department Initial Summary: Interim Assistant Fire Chief Sean Laffan collapsed in an office of the Oakland Fire Department’s administrative building. Staff on-site began performing life-saving measures until Laffan was taken by ambulance to Summit Medical Center in Oakland. Later that evening, Laffan suffered a prolonged cardiac arrest and, despite all resuscitative efforts, passed away.

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Fast-Moving Fire Destroys Market in West Lafayette West Lafayette, OH - The Coshocton County Sheriff's Office received a call on January 18th at approximately 9:15 P.M., stating that there was heavy smoke coming from the Old Thyme Country Market. This market is located about half way between JUMP TO FILE# Coshocton and 012221110 West Lafayette on County Road 16. Visibility was down to zero due to the heavy smoke. West Lafayette FD and Coshocton FD were the first departments to be dispatched to the fire. Upon arrival, FD units found the structure producing heavy smoke and fire in the kitchen area. A hand line was deployed to the kitchen area, located in the SE corner of the building. Water source was established at a nearby fire hydrant. Coshocton FD set up their 100’ tower and prepared to begin extinguishment from the air. A second-alarm was called for, dispatching the Three Rivers FD and Newcomerstown FD to the scene. A third-alarm was called for shortly after, and the Jackson Township FD and Bakersville FD were dispatched. A metal roof on the building hampered operations and the fire spread under the roof, causing it to collapse as it progressed to the west end of the building. The fire was so intense that the water coming from the tower did not seem to be slowing it down. The fire progressed across the entire roof and collapsed into the structure. Fire crews continued to pour water into the structure into the early hours of the morning and finished mop up operations at about 2:30 A.M. The Ohio State Fire Marshal's Office was contacted to aid with the investigation into the cause of the fire. Also assisting on scene were the Coshocton County EMS, Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office, Coshocton County R.E.A.C.T., and the Salvation Army represented by Tom Dile with snacks and drinks for the firefighters.




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Family Thanks Columbus Fire Crews After Carbon Monoxide Scare Columbus, OH - Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can kill you. It knows no season. The family of Scott Duffy and Shalana Slark and their four children had just moved into JUMP TO FILE# a Clintonville home 012821102 on Girard Road in December after spending weeks renovating the split level ranch. They called the Columbus Fire Prevention Bureau and requested new smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. They didn’t know it at the time, but the call may have saved them from serious illness. Or worse. “I went to the home with the intent of installing a single CO detector,” said Firefighter Marvin Robertson. Robertson is a 21-year veteran of the Columbus Fire Department and has served 18 months in the Fire Prevention Bureau. “I met Mr. Duffy, and he was very friendly. He carried a baby in his arms. As I was installing the CO and a separate smoke detector, he mentioned that the kids sleep in the downstairs lower level of the home,” said Robertson. “When I heard that, I went to the truck and got another detector. We don’t normally put a CO detector in a basement, but since there were kids staying down there, I ended up installing two CO and two smoke detectors in the home,” said Robertson. Robertson learned the next day that the alarms sounded that very night after he installed them. The family called the fire department and Ladder 24 arrived to investigate the alarms. The responding firefighters found CO levels in the house at 81 parts per million, a level that over time could have caused illness. CO levels above 70 ppm are considered dangerous and can lead to headache, nausea and fatigue. Sustained concentrations of 150-200 ppm can lead to disorientation, unconsciousness and possibly death. CO fumes are produced any time you burn fuel in furnaces, hot water heaters, fireplaces and gas ranges, as well as cars or trucks, small engines, stoves, lanterns and grills. Building codes require proper venting for CO producing appliances, but it can build up indoors and poison people and animals who breathe it. According to the Centers for Disease Control, everyone is at risk for CO poisoning. Infants, the elderly, people with chronic heart

disease, anemia, or breathing problems are more likely to get sick from CO. Each year, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning not linked to fires, and more than 20,000 people visit the emergency room with symptoms. Over 4,000 people are hospitalized with CO poisoning each year. “The majority of the CO alarm runs we get are caused by batteries dying in the home detector or by faulty detectors sounding off,” said Captain Andrew Boomstra. Boomstra was the officer commanding Ladder 24 when a call was received by the Fire Alarm Office and passed onto Columbus Fire Station 24, located at the corner of Morse and Karl Roads, about two miles from Girard Road. Boomstra explained that 911 dispatchers question callers when a CO alarm sounds to determine if anyone in the household is feeling symptoms of CO poisoning. If so, an EMS medic would be dispatched as well as a ladder truck or fire engine for a medical emergency response, with sirens blaring and lights flashing. “It’s a colorless, odorless gas, so unless someone is feeling sick, the caller has no way of knowing if there’s a real problem with carbon monoxide, or just a faulty alarm,” said Boomstra. No one was feeling ill at the Duffy home, so when Ladder 24 arrived, the crews carried handheld CO meters and began their search. They confirmed the high level of carbon monoxide, but after ventilating the home with portable fans from the ladder truck, the crews could not find the source of the gas after checking the furnace and appliances, the usual sources of CO. “There were kids in the house, and it was just before Christmas. We didn’t want to leave without finding the source. But we were stymied. We usually pin point these things pretty quickly,” said Boomstra. The crews searched for an hour before asking the homeowner what was operating when the alarm went off. They discovered that the home’s boiler driven heating system was working so well that the family had turned on the whole house fan to moderate the indoor temperature. The whole house fan, which is typically used in summer months, was creating negative air pressure in the house, causing the boiler fumes to be drawn back into the house instead of escaping up the chimney as designed. “It was about 7 p.m., and the

kids had just finished a zoom call with grandma. They were just starting to unwrap some Christmas gifts when one of the alarms went off,” said Scott Duffy. Duffy, his wife Shalaina Slark and their four school-aged kids had just moved into the home two days earlier, and were only beginning to figure out the heating system. (The “baby” Duffy was holding in his arms when Firefighter Marvin Robertson arrived earlier that day turned out to be one of his daughter’s dolls.) “I wasn’t sure what to make of it, because the CO alarm was just installed that day. I thought maybe something was wrong with it, but then the second alarm went off,” said Duffy. Shalaina Slark called the Fire Department’s non-emergency number, then joined the kids who were by then waiting outside in the family minivan, part of the family’s pre-arranged meeting place in case of emergency. “I couldn’t be happier with the firefighters who stayed to solve the mystery. They told me they weren’t leaving until they figured it out, even if it took all night,” said Duffy. “Carbon monoxide is not something on the forefront of your mind, honestly. It’s not something you think about hurting your family. I’d like everybody to know that if you don’t know the status of CO and smoke alarms in your home, get them checked out,” said Duffy. The crews of Ladder Company 24, along with the Fire Prevention firefighters Robinson and Jamie Sierra were reunited with the Duffy-Slark family on Saturday, January 9th. The family wanted to thank the firefighters and pose for photos. Firefighter Robertson took some ribbing for remembering the “baby” in Duffy’s arms during his alarm installation, but he took it all in stride. “It's a feeling you can’t really explain. You’ve made a difference,” said Robertson, who had installed alarms in five residences that day. “The little bit of time we spent with these folks might have changed their lives,” said Robertson. “I’m glad we can make a difference.” To request a free smoke alarm or carbon monoxide alarm, residents of Columbus can call the Columbus Division of Fire Smoke Alarm Hotline at 614-724-0935. - COLUMBUS DIVISION OF FIRE




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Hand lines were pulled from Coshocton Ladder 302 at a house fire on 1/22/21.

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Vehicle Solutions Emergency Equipment Continues to Grow Navarre, OH - Vehicle Solutions Emergency Equipment, LLC was founded in 1997 by Ryan Shanower, who is no stranger to the fire service. Ryan not only upfits fire, police, EMS, snow removal equipment and service vehicles, but also serves as a Fire Prevention Officer and Fire Captain with the Erie Valley Fire District.


MedFlight 4 at Coshocton Regional Medical Center performing a patient transfer to a Columbus, OH, hospital.

Vehicle Solutions Emergency Equipment, LLC has grown over the years to become the premiere source for professional installation of warning lights, sirens, radios, accessories, and lettering, and the list of customers for both police and fire is long and distinguished. Some of their customers include fire and police departments in Apple Creek, Beach City, Brewster, Bolivar, Dover, East Sparta, Erie Valley, Massillon, Navarre, North Lawrence, Orrville, Sterling, Sugar Creek, Tappan Lake, Walhonding Valley, Dalton (East Wayne Fire) and Zoar to name a few.

In addition, Vehicle Solutions Emergency Equipment, LLC is the preferred upfitter for large fleets such as the Carroll County Sheriff and HazMat Team, Smith Ambulance and the DEA. Other customers include security units for Timken Steel, Lake Mohawk’s auxiliary sheriff and watercraft units, Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, and soon, Kent State University at Tuscarawas’s campus security unit. Ryan and his staff also work on site and perform warning light and equipment upgrades at the customer’s station to minimize downtime. Recently, the Orrville Fire Department had them onsite performing lighting upgrades for their fleet of ALF Eagles. Prior to that they spent several days in Carrollton, Ohio upgrading the lighting on their first out Spartan pumper. In addition, they also install light and warning packages for volunteer firefighters' personal vehicles. The company usually

completes between 30 and 40 installations per year, not including the POV upfitting. Vehicle Solutions Emergency Equipment, LLC is an authorized original equipment manufacturer and fitter for Ford, General Motors, and FiatChrysler police and fire service units. They are also an authorized dealer and distributer for Whelen, Federal Signal, Code 3, and Feniex Lighting and install accessories from Setina, Progard, Havis Shield, and Jotto Desk, which are primarily found in police cruisers. Law enforcement agencies are unique in the fact that they send fleets of vehicles through the shop and some of their largest customers are the Sherriff’s offices. Vehicle Solutions Emergency Equipment, LLC is located at 4268 Erie Avenue SW in Navarre, Ohio 44662 and can be found on Facebook. If you are ever in the area, check them out!


Cleveland Clinic 3 on the ground during a midnight patient transfer at Union Hospital on 12/5/20.


Vehicle Solutions Emergency Equipment, LLC onsite at the Orrville Fire Department performing a lighting upgrade.

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Apple Creek - The Town of Owego Southside Station recently placed this 2019 FLSD/Firovac 1000/3000 Hawk QP Tanker into service as T-1821. The new unit features a Darley fire pump and Akron Brass remote bumper turret and custom Firovac power fold-down twin 3500-gallon port-a-tank bracket.

Apple Creek - The Town of Owego Campville Station recently placed this 2019 FLSD/Firovac 1000/3000 Hawk QP Tanker into service as T-321. The new unit features a Darley fire pump and Akron Brass remote bumper turret and custom Firovac power fold-down twin 3500-gallon port-a-tank bracket.



Port Washington - The Delaware Valley Fire District recently placed this 2019 International/Sutphen 1250/1000 pumper into service as E-401.

Apple Creek - The Apple Creek Fire Department recently placed this 2020 Ford Explorer/Vehicle Solutions Emergency Equipment QRV into service.



KENT - The Kent State University recently placed this 2014 Ford Explorer PI into service with the campus fire Marshall office. The low mileage unit previously served with the campus police department before the transfer.

Dalton - The East Wayne Fire District recently placed this 2019 Ford F250/Vehicles Solutions Emergency Equipment Utility/QRV into service.


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Columbus firefighters serving at the city’s north-side Fire Station 16 at the corner of East Weber and McGuffey Roads packed up their gear after morning roll call on Wednesday, January 20th. They headed about a mile north to a brand new Fire Station 16, located at 1465 Oakland Park Avenue. The global pandemic has placed all Columbus Fire Stations into lockdown mode to protect both the public and first responders from possible virus contamination, so no public grand opening event was scheduled. But the modern state-of-the-art facility began operation on January 20th to serve the people of the Linden area. Ground was broken on the new 24,698-square-foot facility in September of 2019. The decision to replace the original station, which was opened in 1953, was driven by demand for service calls in the North Linden District. In 1953, Columbus Fire responded to 10,047 EMS calls city-wide. Medic and Rescue calls topped 133,357 across the city in 2019. The $10.7 million project features three drive through vehicle bays, 15 individual dormitory rooms, training and conference rooms, plus an outfitted workout room to maintain health and fitness of fire personnel. The design also features a dedicated emergency medical service examination room just inside the main entrance. The design included specific features to protect firefighter health and wellness by isolating contaminated fire gear and equipment from entering living quarters, including transitional locker rooms to provide selfdecontamination and storage areas separated from dorm rooms and kitchen areas. The facility also includes a direct capture exhaust system which pulls vehicle exhaust directly from tail-pipes and directs it outdoors. Firefighter Curt Dewey is assigned to Rescue 16 and reported to duty at the old Station 16 at the beginning of

his shift on January 20th. He moved into his new dormitory room on Oakland Park after roll call. Dewey has served at Station 16 since he graduated from the Columbus Fire Academy in 1988. “We’ll miss the old place because we’ve got a lot of memories there. But it’s exciting to move into a new facility. We’ve always had good crews here at Station 16, guys you want to serve with,” said Dewey. Dewey was one of 10 firefighters who leaned into the bumper of Engine 16 that morning and pushed the massive truck into the new bay for the first time. The tradition is a time-honored firefighter ritual dating back to the horsedrawn pumper days.


Dewey started riding on Engine 16 before moving onto Medic 16 for several years. He now serves on the Heavy Rescue Team, which specializes in vehicle crash extractions and emergencies on high-rises or in industrial settings. “I only live a couple of miles from here myself, so I’m still serving my area of the city, even with the move,” said Dewey. Jerry and Donna Davis heard about the construction of new Station 16, and dropped by to donate a hand-made wooden plaque commemorating the opening. The couple couldn’t enter the new facility because of the lockdown, but wanted to show their appreciation for firefighters' long term service to the neighborhood.


“My wife grew up near the old Station 16, and the medics were often called to her mother’s home on nearby Minnesota Street. She needed a lot of care, and the firefighters were always so helpful to her. We’ll never forget that,” said Jerry Davis. Station 16 currently houses Engine 16, EMS Medic 16 and also Heavy Rescue Truck 16 with additional space for more equipment if needed. The station is manned by three rotating 24 hour shifts to provide around the clock EMS and Fire response 365 days a year.


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An Italian-American classic with a healthy twist! FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

Walk into any red sauce joint or pizzeria and you are sure to find Chicken Parm on the menu. This classic Italian-American creation, also known as Chicken Parmigiana, has its roots back in Italy where it was first made with eggplant. When Italian immigrants came to America, they brought their recipes but adjusted them to use the now cheaper meats such as veal, pork, beef and chicken. There are many theories as to why it is called Parmigiana, when in fact it is almost always made with mozzarella, but this is not an article long enough to dive into Italian food history. What we do know is what

makes a dish Chicken Parm. Breaded chicken cutlets are pan fried in olive oil until golden brown, covered in tomato sauce and then finished with mozzarella which melts and bubbles until brown in some spots. This is what I grew up eating on many Thursday nights at my grandmother's house, right next to my bowl of ziti and meatballs, another ItalianAmerican invention. I love chicken parm so much, I would often order it the next day when we went out to eat at the local Italian restaurants. In its classic iteration, it is just chicken, sauce and cheese, but many chefs and home cooks have put their own spin on it by turning them into “grilled cheese” or stuffing peppers with them. But for me, the classic approach is the best….but, unfortunately it’s not always the best for your waistline. When I wanted to rethink and reimagine this dish to make it healthier, the first thing that came to mind was the traditional method

of frying the cutlets. In the healthier version, we bake them instead which still allows us to get a crispy exterior without the extra fat and calories. Pre-baking the breadcrumbs also helps us get some color on them before they coat the chicken. And speaking of breadcrumbs, using the Japanese Panko variety also gives us more texture than traditional fine breadcrumbs. And while the traditional method for breading chicken is flour, egg and breadcrumbs, I wanted to change that up as well. So instead of eggs, this recipe uses plain Greek yogurt, which acts as a binder but also lowers the calories slightly and adds some protein. This recipe certainly does not beat the traditional chicken parm you are used to ordering, but if you need a healthier recipe to put into the rotation, this one is definitely worth giving a shot. All the familiar flavors without most of the guilt. Stay safe, eat well!

BAKED CHICKEN CUTLET PARM Serves 4 Ingredients: 4 Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts 1 C Flour 1 C Plain Greek Yogurt 2 C Plain Panko Breadcrumbs 1 Tsp. Dried Oregano 28 oz. Whole Peeled Tomatoes, crushed by hand 2 Garlic Cloves, diced ½ Onion, diced ½ lb. Low-Moisture Whole Milk Mozzarella 1 Bunch Fresh Basil, chiffonade (sliced thin) EVOO Salt and Pepper, to taste Procedure: -Preheat oven to 375° -Place breadcrumbs on a sheet pan, toast for a few minutes until light golden brown. Remove, place in a bowl. Season with a pinch of salt, pepper and oregano. Set aside. -Slice chicken breast in half, creating two thin cutlets. Repeat with remaining breasts and set aside. In a large bowl place flour, season with salt, pepper and oregano, set aside. In another large bowl, put in yogurt and a pinch of salt, set aside.   -Place a wire rack in the sheet pan previously used for


breadcrumbs. -Dredge the chicken in flour, shaking off excess, followed by the yogurt. Wipe off excess yogurt and place in breadcrumb mixture.  Firmly press breadcrumbs into cutlet and place on sheet pan with the wire rack. Place chicken in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until internal temperature reaches 160°F. -While the chicken bakes, heat EVOO in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion with a pinch of salt and saute until translucent.  Add

garlic and sauté until golden brown. Carefully add the crushed tomatoes, bring to a simmer and continue to cook while the chicken bakes. Stir frequently so it does not burn.  Taste and adjust seasoning.  -When the chicken is cooked, remove from sheet pan along with rack. Ladle some tomato sauce onto bottom of sheet pan, add the chicken and top with more sauce.  Top each piece with cheese and place under broiler or back in oven until the cheese melts.  Garnish with fresh basil. 

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Heavy smoke and fire coming out of the 'A/B' upstairs windows.

Two Families Displaced by House Fire in Coshocton Coshocton, OH - On January 22nd at approximately 5:05 P.M., a call came into the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office on 911 stating that a mattress in a bedroom was on fire inside of a home. The Coshocton FD, Hale Station is only about one block from where the incident was, and was quickly on scene. On arrival, the fire was now blowing out of the second floor windows on the 'A/B' side, and a call went out for a Working Fire to bring in off duty Coshocton firefighters. Hand lines were stretched and an aggressive interior attack was taking place. Firefighters quickly moved up the stairs and knocked down the fire in the bedroom. While firefighters were working on the inside, Ladder 302 was being set up to bring firefighters up to the porch roof to work on

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overhauling the outside siding to look for fire extension. Firefighters continued to work on the hot spots and pulled the bedroom ceiling down to make sure the fire was completely out. The house, which was a duplex, suffered heavy fire and smoke damage on the west side, and heavy smoke damage on the east side. Two families were displaced and put in a hotel for the night by the Red Cross. Assisting on scene were the Coshocton County EMS, Coshocton County R.E.A.C.T., and Tom Dile with the Salvation Army. - JIM MCKEEVER


Captain Rick Mills and Firefighter Brendon Elson working on overhauling the siding.

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Young Heroes By Paul Hashagen Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 E-mail: support@fire-policeems.com www.fire.police.ems.com Price: $17.95 This is a soft cover book measuring 6" X 9" with 178 pages. It has five stories of fires in New York City in the horse-drawn days. These were real fires. The author was a firefighter in New York City having retired after 25 years of service, most of it being assigned to Rescue Company 1 in Manhattan. He has written several fantastic books, including the History of Rescue 1. All of his books are extremely interesting including this one. The chapters are named for young civilians who

were not themselves firefighters, but played vital roles in the fighting of these fires. Read the book to see how. Much of the stories detail super heroic efforts by the firefighters, who in comparison to today, worked with very limited resources when it came to technology alone. Daring rescues utilizing wooden aerial ladders and scaling ladders make for unbelievable accounts of heroism at its best. Most of the aerial ladders were 75-feet and the rescues to be made were from higher levels. Firefighters worked long hours with little time off. They also had to transmit calls for help by tapping a code on the street fire pull boxes. There were no masks or thermal imaging cameras to enhance operations. There were two points I learned about during the review of the book. One was the purpose of spiral staircases in the stations, and the second was the origin of the sliding pole. The last fire was of the Equitable Building in 1912, which is probably the longest of the stories and latest in the group. There is also much information to be gained by the reader after going over the author’s notes and acknowledgements. It is another one of Paul’s fantastic books and one I recommend.



The Walhonding Valley FD, located in Warsaw, OH, recently took delivery of a new 2019 Sutphen SLR75 Ladder Truck. The unit now known as Ladder 7 has a 500-gallon tank, 1500-GPM Hale Pump with a Cummins Engine and Allison Transmission. The ladder has a 75-foot reach.

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